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won't confess neither) I have had a great respect for you a great while. I beg your pardon, Sir; and I must declare to you, indeed I must, if you
desire to dispose of all I have in the world in an honourable way, which I don't pretend to be any way deserving your consideration, my fortune and person, if you won't understand me without telling you so, are both at your service, 'gad so ! another time
Stan. So, Mrs. Lackitt, your widowhood's weaning
way ’tis going. Welldon, you're a happy man. The women and their favours come
home to you.
Wid. A fiddle of favour, Mr. Stanmore: I am a lone woman, you know it, left in a great deal of business, and business must be followed, or lost. I have several stocks and plantations upon my hands, and other things to dispose of, which Mr. Welldon may have occasion for.
Well. We were just upon the brink of a bargain, as you
came in. Stan. Let me drive it on for you. Well. So you must, I believe, you or somebody for
Stan. I'll stand by you: I understand more of this business than you can pretend to.
Well. I don't pretend to it: 'tis quite out of my way indeed.
Stan. If the widow gets you to herself, she will certainly be too hard for you: I know her of old : she has no conscience in a corner ; a very Jew in a bargain, and would circumcise you to get more of you.
Well. Is this true, widow ?
Wid. Speak as you find, Mr. Welldon, I have of. fered you very fair! think upon't, and let me hear of you; the sooner the better, Mr. Welldon. [Exit.
Stan. I assure you, my friend, she'll cheat you if she
Well, I don't know that; but I can cheat her, if I will.
Stan. Cheat her; how?
Well. I can marry her; and then I am sure I have it in my power to cheat her.
Stan. Can you marry her?
Well. Yes, faith, so she says: her pretty person and fortune, (which, one with another, you know are not contemptible) are both at my service.
Stan. Contemptible! very considerable, egad ; ve. ry desirable; why she's worth ten thousand pounds, man; a clear estate : no charge upon't, but a boobily son : he indeed was to have half; but his father begot him, and she breeds him up not to know or have more than she has a mind to: and she has a mind to something else, it seems. Well. There's a great deal to be made of this
[Musing Stan. A handsome fortune may be made on't; and I advise you to’t by all means.
Well. To marry her! an old wanton witch! I hate her.
Stan. No matter for that: let her go to the devil for you. She'll cheat her son of a good estate for you : that's a perquisite of a widow's portion always.
Well. I have a design, and will follow her at least, till I have a pennyworth of the plantation.
Stan. I speak as a friend, when I advise you to marry her, for 'tis directly against the interest of my own family. My cousin Jack has belaboured her a good while that way.
Well. What, honest Jack! I'll not hinder him. I'll give over the thoughts of it.
Stan. He'll make nothing on't; she does not care for him. I'm glad you have her in your power.
Well. I may be able to serve him.
Stan. Here's a ship come into the river; I was in hopes it had been from England.
Well. From England !
Stan. No. I was disappointed; I long to see this handsome cousin of yours; the picture you gave me of her has charmed me.
Well. You'll see whether it has flattered her or no, in a little time. If she be recovered of that illness that was the reason of her staying behind us, I know she will come with the first opportunity. We shall see her, or hear of her death.
Stan. We'll hope the best. The ships from England are expected every day.
Well. What ship is this?
Stan. A rover, a buccaneer, a trader in slaves; that's the commodity we deal in, you know. If you have a curiosity to see our manner of marketing, I'll wait upon you.
Well. We'll take my sister with us. [Excunt.
An open Place. Enter Lieutenant-Governor and BLAND:
Gov. There's no resisting your fortune, Blandford; you draw all the prizes,
Blan. I draw for our lord governor, you know, his fortune favours me.
Gov. I grudge him nothing this time; but if fortune had favoured me in the last sale, the fair slave had been mine; Clemene had been mine.
Blan. Are you still in love with her ?
Enter Captain Driver, teazed and pulled about by Widow
LACKITT, and several planters. Enter, at another door, WELLDON, LUCY, and STANMORE.
Wid. Here have I six slaves in my lot, and not a man among them; all women and children;
what can I do with 'em, Captain : pray consider I am a woman myself, and can't get my own slaves, as some
my neighbours do.
ist Plant. I have all men in mine : pray, Captain,
let the men and women be mingled together, for procreation sake, and the good of the plantation.
ed Plant. Ay, ay, a man and a woman, Captain, for the good of the plantation.
Capt. Let them mingle together, and be damned; what care I? Would you have me a pimp for the good of the plantation ?
1st Plant. I am a constant customer, Captain. Wid. I am always ready money to you, Captain.
1st Plant. For that matter, mistress, my money is as ready as yours.
Wid. Pray hear me, Captain.
Capt. Look you, I have done my part by you ; I have brought the number of slaves I bargained for ; if
your lots have not pleased you, you must draw again among yourselves.
3d Plant. I am contented with my lot.
Capt. Do you hear, mistress ? you may hold your tongue : for my part I expect my money.
Wid. Captain, nobody questions or scruples the payment : but I won't hold my tongue ; 'tis too much to pray and pay too; one may speak for one's own I hope.
Capt. Well, what would you say.
Wid. I say, things have not been so fair carried as they might have been, How do I know but you have